HEDG Autumn Meeting 2023

17th November 2023

Friday 17th November –  online via Zoom

Tickets available here on Eventbrite.

10.00 – 12.00 Becoming Clever and Smart: what we have learned (sometimes the hard way) on our journey to independent consultancy Liz Cleaver and Fiona Smart

Liz and Fiona (both ex-HEDGers) will take you on a whistle stop tour of their experiences working separately and together on national and international consultancy contracts. While they openly admit they don’t know everything about consultancy, they hope they can offer some insight and a few top tips.

The first part of the session will (re)introduce you to Liz and Fiona and their portfolio of consultancy work. Here you will be presented with a series of short case studies and questions to work on in groups.

The second half of the session will offer an opportunity to share experiences – as we are sure there will be many of you on the call who have experience of undertaking or working with independent consultants. Topics and questions might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • When might I take the leap?
  • Should I specialise?
  • How do I find work?
  • Should I start/keep publishing?
  • Is networking and going to conferences still important?
  • What about an online/social media presence?
  • What should I charge, and should I register for VAT?
  • Is it better to set up a limited company or be a sole trader?
  • What about a pension?

So please get your ideas ready to fuel what should be an animated and interesting discussion.

10.00 – 11.30 Alison Elton and Adeline Rozendaal

Alison is a Principal Consultant at Gatenby Sanderson, with a focus on permanent professional service and academic leadership appointments in higher education. Alison has been in executive search for the last five years, joining from the University of Warwick where she spent 13 years in professional service leadership roles, including leading a HR transformation project across teaching and learning.

Adeline is a Senior Consultant at Gatenby Sanderson, with a focus on interim leadership within Education. She has 15 years of consultancy experience, with five years exclusively recruiting within the Higher Education sector. With a good understanding of the interim market, she is committed to linking and supporting the best individuals for the job, and assisting those who are entering the interim leadership market for the first time.

12 – 12.30pm – LUNCH BREAK

12.30 – 1.15pm Advance HE Louise Lumsden and Karen Hustler

1.20 – 1.40pm HEDGers talking about PSF2023 implementation. Following on from Karen and Louise’s session, this will be a further facilitated discussion led by Alison Nimmo and Juliet Eve, HEDG Executive Committee members
(Topics may include ‘Supporting Principal Fellowship’ and ‘Leveraging the PSF for strategic institutional change in learning and teaching’)

1.40 – 2.40pm – Inspiring Change: A Toolkit for Innovative Micro-credential Planning and Design Steven Osborne
(The session will include how a micro-credential planning framework and digital toolkit was created to support academic colleague, the key experiences and resources that inspired it and its impact to date)

Steven Osborne is a principal lecturer with a strong focus on management and leadership, employability, workforce planning, and development in the field of sport and physical activity. In the last 14 years he has held various academic roles at institutions, including his current position at Cardiff Metropolitan University and previously at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.   Steven Osborne has led a large £350,000 pilot micro-credential project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), developing, and approving a formal stackable micro-credential pathway to provide learners with flexible and industry-relevant qualifications in the sport and physical activity industry. Steven works to bridge the gap between academia and practice, contributing to developing innovative solutions to enhance graduate outcomes and career pathways, drawing on almost 30 years of experience working and volunteering in frontline and leadership roles in the sport and physical activity industry.  Steven has prioritised his work to focus on strategic workforce planning initiatives, working closely with national and international industry and academic agencies as the Vice-Chairperson of the UK Professional Development Board (UKPDB) for Sport and Physical Activity, and is the Chairperson of the European Association of Sport Management (EASM) special interest group for employability and entrepreneurship.  Steven has also been a project coordinator on a large-scale ERASMUS+ €360,000 international collaborative research project in sport management workforce development and is currently leading a new £212,000 UK Innovate Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop a national workforce planning data system and research observatory to support the UK sport and physical activity sector.

2.40 – 2.50pm Mentoring with Susan Mathieson, Northumbria University

2.50pm Close